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Aug 17 07:07

Nearly a million Israelis have got their THIRD Covid-19 dose as WHO reiterates call for moratorium on such booster shots

Israel has already administered a third vaccine dose to almost a million people, its health ministry has said, amid calls by the World Health Organization to delay such booster shots until poorer countries get their first jabs.
The number of Israelis who have received their third dose of the Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19 has reached 963,572, the country’s Ministry of Health announced on Monday.

In late July, Israel became one of the first countries in the world to begin administering booster shots to already fully vaccinated residents. These were initially offered to those over the age of 60, but last week the program was expanded to include residents over 50, as well as healthcare workers, prisoners and people with deficient immune systems.

Aug 17 07:03

The Murder of the ‘Menacing’ Water Technician: On the Shadow Wars in the West Bank

There is an ongoing, but hidden, Israeli war on the Palestinians which is rarely highlighted or even known. It is a water war, which has been in the making for decades.

On July 26 and 27, two separate but intrinsically linked events took place in the Ein al-Hilweh area in the occupied Jordan Valley, and near the town of Beita, south of Nablus.

In the first incident, Jewish settlers from the illegal settlement of Maskiyot began construction in the Ein al-Hilweh Spring, which has been a source of freshwater for villages and hundreds of Palestinian families in that area. The seizure of the spring has been developing for months, all under the watchful eye of the Israeli occupation army.

Now, the Ein al-Hilweh Spring, like most of the Jordan Valley’s land and water resources, is annexed by Israel.

Aug 17 05:55

Faced with the human catastrophe in Kabul, Israel needs to receive refugees from Afghanistan

Faced with the human catastrophe in Kabul, Israel needs to take in refugees from Afghanistan

The State Department's signing of a statement of American support for the Afghan people is a worthy but unsatisfactory step.

In the face of the shocking images that come after the occupation of the Taliban, Israel needs to join the rest of the Western world and absorb Afghan refugees, especially those who will be the target of persecution.

The move can also have political significance

Aug 16 06:16

Israel recalls Poland envoy over 'anti-Semitic' property claims law

Israel's charge d'affaires in Warsaw has been ordered to return home to Tel Aviv after the Polish president approved what has been described as an "anti-Semitic" law curbing World War II-era property claims.

Aug 16 06:14

Israel: Palestinian former Knesset candidate murdered in his car

A Palestinian adviser to Israel's education minister was shot dead on Sunday in the town of Rameh, in northern Israel, according to local news reports.

Saher Ismail, 50, was a candidate in the latest Israeli elections and prior to his death served as an adviser to Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton, who has expressed her shock at the incident.

Ismail died as a result of critical wounds after the shooting attack, which took place as he was sitting in his car outside his home in Rameh, a Palestinian town.

Aug 16 05:25

Wildfire forces thousands of Israelis to evacuate settlements

Thousands of Israelis have been forced to evacuate six settlements outside al-Quds amid a raging wildfire.

A large blaze broke out about 13 kilometers (8 miles) west of al-Quds on Sunday, blanketing the city in smoke.

Israelis in Beit Meir, Ksalon, Shoresh, Sho’eva, Ramat Raziel and Givat Ye’arim were asked to evacuate their settler units as a precaution.

Police spokesman Eli Levi told Army Radio that at least 10,000 people have been evacuated from their units so far. Several roads were blocked due to the forest fire, according to the police.

The region’s fire chief, Nissim Twito, said the blaze may be the biggest in recent years in the area, adding that 60-70 firefighting teams and 12 aircraft were fighting the flames.

Aug 15 06:36

Video: Palestinians Protest in West Bank, Burning Installations of Star of David & Swastika

Every Friday since May, hundreds of Palestinians have participated in protests against the Israeli settlement near the Evyatar outpost, located in the central West Bank. In clashes with Israeli law enforcement, locals are determined to prevent Israeli Defense Forces from building an outpost here.

Palestinians have burned symbols of a swastika and the Star of David, while protesting an Israeli outpost in the so-called "night confusion," according to a video, posted on Twitter on Saturday.

The demonstrations against the Evyatar outpost near the West Bank town of Beita that started months ago are usually carried out at night with “night confusion units,” that burn tires, torchers and blow up improvised explosive devises.

One of the video shows a group of rioters burning a construction that has a shape of Star of David with a swastika symbol inside.

Aug 15 06:34

Israel furious after Poland’s president approves law denying victims of Holocaust property claims

Polish President Andrzej Duda has approved a law effectively stopping victims of the Holocaust and communism from reclaiming property taken from them. The move triggered uproar in Israel, which said it “will not accept” the law.

The law was approved by Duda on Saturday, and sets a 30-year statute of limitations on property claims against the state. Duda told Polish news agency PAP that he hoped the law would put an end to false claims by “reprivatization mafias,” and would close off an era of “legal chaos.”

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Aug 14 10:13

Israeli racism towards “non-white” Jews

Gilad Atzmon highlights the systematic racism practised by Israel and white (Ashkenazi) Jews in general towards oriental (Sephardic) Jews, including tests conducted by the Israeli state to determine whether the oriental Jews had "Negro blood".>>

Aug 14 06:51

Dozens of Jewish-American leaders condemn AIPAC ads targeting Ilhan Omar

Dozens of Jewish-American figures working in policy, politics and advocacy have condemned recent attacks on Congresswoman Ilhan Omar by the American Israel Public Affairs Council (AIPAC), and urged the group to discontinue its ad campaign.

In a letter published on Thursday, the figures also urged AIPAC to discontinue ads targeting Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Cori Bush and Rashida Tlaib.

Aug 14 06:49

An Alleged American-Israeli-PA Agreement To Put Down Palestinian Revolution In The West Bank

A agreement is said to have been signed, this July, between the Palestinian Authority (PA), Israel and the United States government, aimed at propping up the unelected Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas and his regime. The controversial leaking of this information may be yet more proof of how the American and Israeli governments are propping up an undemocratic puppet regime in West Bank.

Aug 14 06:48

Israeli forces attack worshippers at Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron

Israeli security forces used stun grenades to disperse a crowd of Muslim worshippers performing traditional Friday prayers outside the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

At least one person could be seen thrown onto the ground and kicked by Israeli forces. It was not immediately clear what sparked the violence.

Aug 14 06:28

UN experts denounce raid on West Bank NGO, urge Israel to probe child deaths

UN human rights experts today called on the Israeli government to immediately return confidential documents and office equipment its military seized from the offices of an NGO fighting for children's rights in the occupied West Bank, Anadolu Agency reports.

"We are deeply concerned by the Israeli military's interference with the human rights work of a well-known and well-regarded NGO," said the experts.

Computers, hard drives, binders, and other materials were taken from the offices of the Defence for Children International-Palestine (DCIP) in Al-Bireh during a night-time raid at the end of July.

The experts are Michael Lynk, special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territory; Irene Khan, special rapporteur on the right to freedom of expression; Clement Nyaletsossi Voule, special rapporteur on peaceful assembly; and Mary Lawlor, special rapporteur on human rights defenders.

Aug 14 06:27

Lobbying in Britain's Conservative Party illustrates the dark ties to the Gulf alliances with Israel

When the extent of former British Prime Minister David Cameron's involvement in lobbying for the investment company Greensill Capital was revealed by the BBC's "Panorama" programme this week, the revelations went far beyond his role in the scandal. It goes back years but the investigation was only launched properly earlier this year.

In short, Cameron was reported to have lobbied ministers and senior civil servants to get the Bank of England to invest $10 billion of British taxpayers' money in Greensill's loans. Claiming that the investment would help British businesses to stay on their feet during the Covid-19 pandemic, Cameron's lobbying was unsuccessful until June 2020, when the government finally approved Greensill as a lender under a scheme to help companies and businesses.

Aug 13 07:55

The PA was always meant to ‘kill’ the Palestinian cause

Outspoken Palestinian Authority (PA) critic Nizar Banat’s June 24 death at the hands of the PA’s security forces sparked weeks of protests and international criticism. This came on the heels of unprecedented protests against the seizure of Palestinian homes by Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem and a brutal Israeli war on Gaza.

Palestinians who protested over the death of Banat consider PA President Mahmoud Abbas to be complicit in the actions of the Israeli occupation and call for the fall of his government.

Aug 13 07:54

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO U.S. SEEMINGLY ACKNOWLEDGES THAT ISRAEL HAS NUCLEAR WEAPONS

ON WEDNESDAY, a quiet but notable event occurred on Twitter. First, Robert Satloff, head of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, posted the below tweet approvingly referring to “Israel’s nuclear deterrent.” Then the tweet was liked by Gilad Erdan, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and the United Nations.

It’s difficult to interpret this in any other way than Erdan confirming that Israel possesses nuclear weapons:

Aug 13 07:53

US Congresswoman Marie Newman: ‘The Israeli Government is Trampling on Palestinian Rights’

United States Congresswoman Marie Newman has described Israel’s forceful expulsion of Palestinian families in occupied Jerusalem as despicable, calling for an immediate end to this policy.

“Despicable. Palestinian families are being ripped from their homes in the neighborhood of Silwan [in occupied Jerusalem], Newman said in a tweet.

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Aug 13 07:53

Israeli Knesset Member Says Palestinian Bedouins ‘Pollute Our Country’

Knesset member and chairman of right-wing Israeli party Otzma Yehudit has described Bedouin citizens in the Negev Desert as ‘dirty’ and said that they ‘pollute our country’.

Itamar Ben-Gvir’s comments were made in reference to reports about large amounts of rubbish in the Negev, including domestic, construction, and industrial waste.

Aug 13 07:42

Data Shows Massive Spike in Covid, Deaths in Highly-Vaccinated Israel – OPPOSITE Happening in Sparsely-Vaxxed Palestine!

The data correlates with stats seen in Gibraltar and Iceland last month, where Covid cases unexpectedly spiked, despite over 90 percent of the populations being fully vaccinated.

While the vaccine continues to be pushed worldwide, data suggests the vaccines could not only be ineffective, but that they could be driving new Covid surges.

Aug 13 07:27

Before They Preach to us about White Privilege

People who are familiar with the history of Zionism are aware of the rich history of White Jewish (AKA Ashkenazi) abuse towards Arab and Sephardi Jews in Israel. In the years after the creation of the Israeli state hundreds of babies went missing. Their parents, mostly Jewish immigrants from Yemen, were told their children had died, but suspicions linger that they were secretly given away to White Jewish childless families. The Israeli government approved earlier this year a NIS162 million settlement with the families of these ‘vanishing’ children.

Aug 13 07:26

Israel Taking Children from UNVACCINATED Parents?

There seems to be nobody with common sense in governments anymore. Perhaps this is what leads to worldwide revolution and blood-bath by 2032. In Israel, they are actually confiscating children, even newborns, from parents if they were unvaccinated.

VACCINES WILL NOT END COVID ANY MORE THAN THEY PREVENT FLU EACH YEAR

Aug 13 07:18

Israeli cities impose beach apartheid on Palestinians

Three Israeli coastal cities are being slammed by a civil rights group for effectively banning Palestinians from their beaches.

Hadera, Netanya and Akka – known in English as Acre – are guilty of “apartheid initiatives that express a goal of achieving racial segregation,” said a lawyer for the group Adalah.

Video shot by journalist Rafat Aker last week shows a busload of Palestinian men on an apparent day trip from the city of Jenin being denied access to the beach by police and local authorities.

You can watch the full video in a mixture of Arabic and Hebrew below.

“The images seen in Akka leave no room for the imagination: Municipal inspectors forcibly expelled Palestinians outside city limits solely because they are Palestinian,” Adalah lawyer Rabea Eghbariah said.

“The municipality is acting without any authority whatsoever,” he added.

Aug 13 07:17

Joint militias: How settlers and soldiers teamed up to kill four Palestinians

Nidal Safadi was a quiet man, his neighbors said. He lived in Urif, a Palestinian village of several thousand people in the West Bank. Just 25, Safadi had three children with his wife and a fourth, a girl, on the way.

Aug 13 07:13

Israel opens secret tenders for construction of Mughrabi Gate Bridge

Construction companies in Israel have been invited to submit tenders for the construction of the Mughrabi Gate Bridge which takes Israelis from the Al-Buraq courtyard (Western Wall) into Al-Aqsa Mosque compounds.

Companies wishing to submit have been asked to sign a confidentiality clause, Yedioth Ahronoth reported today, which says: "I hereby pledge to maintain complete and absolute confidentiality of classified information and every detail related to or stemming from it, and not to publish or disclose in any way whatsoever before any person or body and all for an unlimited period."

A tour of the site was organised for contractors last month and they have been told that work needs to be completed within two months of when it commences, the paper said.

The current bridge was built of wood in 2004 and is said to be in a dangerous condition and may only be good for purpose for a few more months.

Aug 13 07:12

Will the Israeli army ever stop killing Palestinians?

With an increasing number of Palestinians being killed by the Israeli army in the occupied West Bank, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi, warned soldiers recently against misjudgements when they use lethal force during clashes with Palestinians or when raiding their homes, farms and villages. Kochavi issued the warning during a meeting with the commanders of the IDF Central Command and, according to Haaretz, he directly and clearly ordered soldiers to reduce the number of Palestinians being killed during operations.

To achieve this, he told more senior officers to be involved in lower-level operations to ensure that his order is carried out and that fatal consequences only result from decisions taken by senior ranks. He also stressed that the officers who do not follow the rules will be punished.

Aug 13 07:10

Israeli Diaspora Minister sees American Jewish support for Black Lives Matter as a threat to Israel

Israel’s Diaspora Minister Nachman Shai spoke last week on an American Jewish Committee podcast (‘People of the Podcast’), bemoaning the threat of ‘losing America’ because more Jews (and particularly young ones) are becoming more critical of Israel:

When I briefed the cabinet the other day I said, if we see more of the radical left or the progressive liberal Jews continuing to support BDS and Black Lives Matter, as similar to the Palestinians, and they relate to Israel as a genocide state or an apartheid state and so on, we may lose America – because the bridge to the Democratic party and to the Republican party goes through the American Jewish community.

This part was reported about with a partial quote by Times of Israel on Tuesday.

Aug 13 06:56

Data Shows Massive Spike in Covid, Deaths in Highly-Vaccinated Israel – OPPOSITE Happening in Sparsely-Vaxxed Palestine!

Data out of Israel shows a large Covid outbreak despite more than half the country being fully vaccinated.

At the same time cases and deaths are declining in the neighboring Palestinian territory, which has an extremely low vaccination rate.

The data was catalogued by Naturopathic doctor Suneil Jain, who broke down the bizarre anomaly on social media Wednesday.

Aug 13 05:34

Israel Sees 'Concerning' Surge in Cardiac Arrest And Heart Attack Emergency Calls Among Young People

Israel experienced a surge in cardiac arrest and heart attack emergency calls among young people in the wake of their mass vaccination campaign, according to research from MIT professor Retsef Levi.

Aug 12 10:56

Israel, 80% Vaccinated, Suffers Another Covid-19 Surge

After becoming one of the first countries to open up thanks to a widespread Covid-19 vaccination campaign, Israel is again on guard, this time against the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

Mask mandates are back, including requirements to mask up for large outdoor gatherings. Many venues require people to show proof of vaccination, a negative Covid-19 test or proof of recovery from the virus. People returning from most countries have to quarantine for at least a week, even if they are fully vaccinated. Over-60s are being offered a third, booster shot of Pfizer Inc.’s vaccine, and the government is planning to offer it to younger recipients with the hopes it can suppress the rise of cases of severe illness.

Health officials are warning that Israel could face a fourth lockdown during the Jewish holiday season in September if the country doesn’t improve on its 80% adult vaccination rate and deliver more booster shots.

Aug 12 06:49

Biden administration says Iron Dome funding will be left up to Congress

On Tuesday the Biden administration indicated that Israel will have to rely on Congress when it comes to replenishing their Iron Dome system.

At a hearing of Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterrorism, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East Dana Stroul reiterated the administration’s support for additional Israel funding but made it clear that it wasn’t their call.

“We have unequivocally stated our support for supplemental appropriations and support of replenishing and expanding the system. We have consulted extensively with Congress and provided information paperwork to you all to support how you choose to proceed in funding the request,” Stroul said.

Aug 12 05:45

Israel tightens coronavirus restrictions as new cases surge

Israel’s government on Wednesday advanced a raft of new coronavirus restrictions, including sweeping implementation of a digital vaccine passport and tighter restrictions on mass gatherings, as the country struggles with skyrocketing new infections.

The country that had appeared to put the coronavirus pandemic behind it a few months ago after a world-leading vaccine drive is now re-imposing regulations in a bid to clamp back down on infections.

The Cabinet gave its approval for the tighter measures — including limitations on people gathering indoors and restricting entry to venues and restaurants to “Green Pass” holders — as new cases of the highly infectious delta variant of the coronavirus surge despite widespread vaccination against COVID-19.

Aug 12 05:23

Polish parliament approves Holocaust anti-restitution law

The Polish parliament approved legislation designed to end claims for property restitution and compensation for property confiscated by the country’s Communist regime in the 1940s and 1950s, including that of Holocaust survivors.

Polish President Andrzej Duda now has 21 days to sign the legislation into law or veto it.

“I condemn the Polish parliamentary legislation that was approved today, which harms the memory of the Holocaust and the rights of its victims,” Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said on Wednesday.

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Aug 12 05:16

Data Reveal the Truth About COVID Countermeasures. “What’s Behind the Covid Jab Narrative”

Data from Israel, where the vast majority of the population has been injected with the Pfizer mRNA concoction, show those “vaccinated” against COVID-19 and unvaccinated have the same infection rate, regardless of age. Empirical data from other countries also reveal the injections have no effect on transmission

Ivor Cummins suspects the obsession with COVID-19 injections has to do with profiteering and with justifying vaccine passports. The enormous emphasis on getting nearly everyone the COVID injection may also be related to elimination of the control group, which will effectively hide the real damage the injection is doing

Moderna and Pfizer have eliminated the original control groups by giving controls the real injection. This was done even though the trials are officially ongoing for another two years. So, there are no official control groups against which to assess the effectiveness and safety of these injections

Aug 11 22:33

Dr Robert Malone: “Pfizer and Israel Made Agreement to HIDE Covid-19 Vaccine Adverse Reactions for 10 YEARS”

Dr Robert Malone, the inventor of mRNA vaccines and RNA as a drug, tweeted that an agreement was made between Pfizer and the Israeli government stating that no adverse reactions from the Covid-19 are to be disclosed for a minimum of 10 years.

Dr Malone tweeted: “This is key to understanding “what the heck is going on”. Apparently in Israel, I am told by an Israeli scientist, the agreement between Pfizer and the government is that no adverse events from the vax are to be disclosed for a minimum of 10 years.”

Aug 11 14:59

Israeli submarine on heavily discouraged op potentially targeting Iran

An Israeli submarine has reportedly entered the Red Sea, where it could pass through the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait and head towards the Persian Gulf, in a heavily discouraged mission potentially meant against Iran.

Reports published on Tuesday said the Dolphin-class submarine had “secretly” entered the Red Sea via the Suez Canal on the previous Wednesday (August 4).

Two Israeli destroyers crossed the canal on the same day, apparently escorting the submarine.

The move came after an attack on an Israeli tanker off the coast of Oman earlier in the month and attempts by the regime and its allies, the United States and the UK, to accuse the Islamic Republic of involvement in the incident. Tehran has vehemently rejected the claims.

Aug 11 13:36

‘Like doping or bribery’: Judges must’ve picked Israeli gymnast as winner BEFORE final, legendary Russian coach tells RT

Israel's gymnast taking gold at the Tokyo Olympics despite dropping her ribbon during her routine was a "blatant mistake" of the judges, who may have schemed "to replace Russian athletes on the top," Irina Viner-Usmanova told RT.

The strong accusations from the legendary Russian rhythmic gymnastics coach, whose star pupils have claimed a long list of Olympic titles over the years, come in the wake of Saturday's scandal at the Tokyo Olympics. Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram took gold, despite having dropped the ribbon during her routine – an obvious mistake that still saw Russia's Dina Averina placed overall second, regardless of her seemingly perfect performance.

Aug 11 09:41

No, the Bible doesn’t command Christians to “stand with Israel”

As your Bible Explainer in Chief, let me quickly break it down for you– because no, the Bible doesn’t command we stand with Israel.

1. The entire “stand with Israel” theology is based on one verse.
…and the verse had nothing to do with any modern nation state born a few thousand years later.

Preachers will claim God commands we stand with Israel in order to be blessed, but that’s not what the Bible says. In Genesis 12:3 God is reported to have told Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.” This was a promise to Abraham- neither biblical Israel nor modern Israel existed when this was written. It was a promise to Abraham as part of God’s covenant with him.

2. The Bible teaches that the true descendants of Abraham are spiritual, not ethnic.

Aug 11 09:27

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and New Israeli Government Coordinate to Blame Iran for Mercer Street False Flag

An Israeli-led coalition of the United States, Romania and the United Kingdom are pushing the world to mobilize against Iran.

Yesterday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken took to the United Nations Security Council to demand global action to hold Iran “accountable” for the July 29th sinking of an Israeli-owned vessel captained by a Romanian citizen in the North Arabian Sea. Two people died in the supposed drone attack.

Blinken, who presents as a moderate but holds Jewish extremist views on Iran, did not provide any evidence for the claim. While many hoped the Biden administration would restore the nuclear deal, US policy towards Iran is in practice just as hostile as the campaign run by Zionists in Trump’s cabinet.

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Aug 11 09:10

Israel uses fake photo to justify shooting woman

The Israeli army lied about a weapon it claimed a Palestinian woman tried to use before soldiers shot her on Tuesday.

A picture posted on Twitter by the army spokesperson shows a hand holding a chef’s knife with a brown handle.

But the photo is more than three years old.

Aug 11 09:04

US pressures Israel not to change rules of engagement with Hezbollah

The United States has put pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett not to change the rules of confrontation with the Iran-allied Lebanese Hezbollah movement as a new round of nuclear talks between Tehran and the world powers are set to begin in September, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported.

The paper quoted a diplomatic source as saying that Israel and Hezbollah have sent messages to UNIFIL that they are not interested in changing the rules of engagement, after pressure from the United States and France on both sides.

The confrontation in the south also threatens the Lebanese government and increases the chances of the country's collapse, a development that both Washington and Paris are trying to prevent.

Meanwhile, a number of Israeli army generals said they expect an imminent military confrontation with Lebanon.

Aug 11 09:04

Jerusalem Mufti calls for rejecting Judaisation projects at Ibrahimi Mosque

Palestinian Mufti of Jerusalem Sheikh Mohammed Hussein yesterday called for rejecting the Judaisation projects at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

In a statement, the Mufti said that the Israeli occupation is planning to build passages, corridors and install an elevator in order to facilitate settler access to the mosque.

Aug 11 09:03

The PA only cares about Israel

Arabic news website Arabi21 recently revealed details of a trilateral deal signed between the US, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), which lays down strict terms for monitoring the Palestinian mass media, education curriculum and reactivating the trilateral incitement committee which consists of the three governments.

The document signed on 14 July 2012, during the visit of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israel and Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr to the region. The deal also stipulated the formation of an Israeli-American committee to reevaluate the legal positions of Palestinian prisoners, and to press the PA to carry out its recommendations.

Aug 11 07:36

CIA Chief's First Trip To Israel Will Focus On Iran Standoff

CIA director Bill Burns is arriving in Israel Tuesday in his first trip to the region since taking office to discuss with Israeli counterparts the growing standoff with Iran, especially after in the past two weeks Tehran is believed behind two attacks on foreign tankers in the Gulf region.

Burns is further expected to engage the Israelis on the Iran nuclear issue. Tel Aviv has consistently argued for halting Vienna JCPOA talks, which are currently stalled prior to the seventh round of negotiations which may not pick up again until September, arguing that it's simply buying more time for the Iranians to pursue a bomb.

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Aug 11 07:25

Israeli Officials Call for International Action Against Iran

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Israeli President Isaac Herzog both issued threats against Iran on Tuesday over the July 30th attack on the tanker Mercer Street, which Tehran denies responsibility for.

“Just as we saw in the maritime attack, which claimed the lives of two foreign nationals, Iran is the greatest threat to global and regional peace,” Gantz said while visiting the Israeli military’s Northern Command. “We call on the international community to take action and stop Iranian aggression. This is the time for joint action.”

During a naval ceremony in the Israeli city of Haifa, Herzog also railed against Iran. “In recent weeks, we have witnessed Iran’s attempt to harm Israeli targets including on the maritime front. This is not just an Israeli matter. The whole world has seen the results of Iran’s aggression against innocent civilians,” he said. “Whoever tries to harm us — anywhere, in theaters near and far, directly or indirectly — will feel our power and might.”

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Aug 11 06:59

Israel, US air force hold first-of-kind aerial drill

Israeli Air Force pilots flew alongside their counterparts from the United States Air Force Central Command (AFCENT) in the first-of-a-kind aerial drill Tuesday.

Dubbed “Desert Eagle,” the drill was led by the IAF’s 133rd Knights of the Twin Tail Squadron flying F-15s along with the USAF’s 494th Squadron. Jets from the 115th Flying Dragon Squadron simulated enemy jets.

According to a statement released by the IAF, the “aircrews practiced various operational scenarios in the air, including joint exercises against ground, aerial and combined threats while striking designated targets.”

Aug 11 06:49

Mossad Dossier on Iran's President Reportedly Portrayed Raisi as ‘Someone With Mental Disturbances’

US Central Intelligence Agency chief William Burns was expected in Israel on Tuesday, with Walla News website saying he would be focusing on Iran's nuclear programme and its activities in the region with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his Israeli counterpart David Barnea.

Visiting US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief William Burns was given a dossier describing Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, as an untrustworthy extremist who can’t be negotiated with, Channel 12 news reported.

The American diplomat serving as CIA director held talks in Israel on Wednesday with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, with Iran's nuclear programme and its activities in the region high on their agenda, an Israeli statement said.

Aug 11 06:38

Recent Israel-Lebanon escalation shows Iran & Hezbollah are interlinked...an attack against one is seen as an attack against both

Israel has started talking tough about going to war with Iran. Then Hezbollah sent a reality check. 2006 will forever haunt Israel as it confronts the fact that, when push comes to shove, it's not as capable as it claims to be.

Israel has been waging a covert war against Iranian shipping for months now, conducting more than a dozen attacks on Iranian vessels over the course of the past few years. The attacks appear to be targeted against vessels delivering oil to Syria in violation of US and international sanctions. During this time, there have been similarly mysterious attacks against Israeli-owned shipping. While Iran has officially denied any role in such attacks, it is believed that they are part of a program of retaliation against Israel for its attacks on Iranian shipping.

Aug 11 06:18

‘I recorded my first song in that studio’: reflecting on the destruction of Gaza’s high-rises

In the mid-1990s a cash infusion hit the Gaza Strip’s private sector around the time of the Oslo Accords and with it came the first luxury residential towers, high-rises with glass-walled office buildings, and modern indoor shopping malls. Locally, everyone knows the name of these towers and their developers. I even follow a few of the proprietors on social media.

Like me, Gaza’s commercial and residential towers withstood three wars between Israel and Hamas in six short years from 2008 to 2014. But in this last escalation, Israeli forces targeted a number of these buildings and I am still struggling with the mammoth loss. Gone is where I would buy my clothes, offices where friends worked, and the location of all of my aspirational activities.

Aug 10 09:52

Was the Tanker Attack an Israeli False Flag?

In the United States we now live under a government that largely operates in secret, headed by an executive that ignores the constitutional separation of powers and backed by a legislature that is more interested in social engineering than in benefitting the American people. The US, together with its best friend and faux ally Israel, has become the ultimate rogue nation, asserting its right to attack anyone at any time who refuses to recognize Washington’s leadership. America is a country in decline, its influence having been eroded by a string of foreign policy and military disasters starting with Vietnam and more recently including Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen and the Ukraine. As a result, respect for the United States has plummeted most particularly over the past twenty years since the War on Terror was declared and the country has become a debtor nation as it prints money to sustain a pointless policy of global hegemony which no one else either desires or respects.

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Aug 10 06:13

CIA Chief Visits Israel as US Reportedly Mulling Interim 'Alternatives' to Iran Nuclear Deal

Top Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz have voiced alarm that as Vienna talks to reinvigorate the JCPOA stall, Iran may have already breached its obligations under the 2015 deal to dramatically advance its nuclear programme.

Iran is reportedly at the top of the agenda for the visit to Israel by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Bill Burns, starting on Tuesday.

Burns is expected to meet with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday, Axios cited his spokesman as confirming. Also lined up for the visit, says the outlet, are the CIA director’s meetings with new Mossad Director David Barnea, Palestinian Authority (PA) intelligence chief Majed Faraj in Ramallah, and PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

There have been no official statements made by the US Embassy in Israel regarding the visit.

Aug 10 05:57

CIA chief set to arrive Tuesday in Israel for talks focused on Iran

The director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, William Burns, will arrive in Israel on Tuesday for talks expected to focus on Iran, according to Hebrew-language media reports.

Unnamed Israeli officials told the Walla news site that Burns is set to meet with Mossad chief David Barnea, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, and other security and intelligence officials.

The Ynet news site reported that Burns will also meet with President Isaac Herzog and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

Aug 10 05:56

Pegasus: Spyware scandal lays bare cracks in Israel's cyber security 'success' story

Revelations about the extent of the penetration of the NSO Group's Pegasus spyware software have sparked off a fierce debate in Israel and abroad about the workings of the country's much-vaunted cyber security sector.

Israeli cyber companies have long been able to maintain a strong brand because of the notoriety of the Israeli intelligence services, especially Mossad and the military SIGINT unit 8200, and the perceived ability of such companies to recruit graduates of these services to their ranks.

A less discussed aspect of this sector is whether it is financially successful. Former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke frequently about cyber as a cornerstone of the Israeli high-tech sector and the economy in general, but the Haaretz newspaper found extensive evidence that Israeli offensive cyber technology, and specifically NSO, played a major role in Netanyahu's foreign policy.

Aug 09 05:50

After Ohio Primary, Democrats Prepare for More Israel-related Battles

Following pro-Israel Shontel Brown’s surprise victory over progressive Nina Turner in Ohio’s 11th congressional district primary last week, Democrats are trying to determine what the results portend for the 2022 midterms and what role Israel plays in the future of the party.

Establishment Democrats are heralding the come-from-behind victory as a validation of the mainstream and an indication that voters hew to the Biden agenda. For progressives, it is further evidence of an asymmetrical power dynamic where they face a near-impossible task of matching the deep pockets of megadonors and super PACs.

In several ways, the hotly contested Brown-Turner battle was unique and not necessarily a neat case study for electoral battles to come. First, the primary was for a rare open seat (by all accounts, it is more difficult to unseat an incumbent).

Aug 09 05:39

You met Pegasus, on phones, now meet Toka, on any net connected device

The abuse of the Pegasus software by autocratic regimes has been known for several years, though, through recent revelations, it appeared to gain much traction in the mainstream media, owing to the high number of civilians who have reportedly been under surveillance through its use.

The continuation of the long standing scandal surrounding the abuse of Pegasus has also brought considerable controversy and notoriety to the Israeli company that developed it, the NSO group.

While the NSO group has become infamous, other Israeli companies, with even deeper ties to Israel's intelligence apparatus have been selling software that not only provides the exact same services to governments, to intelligence agencies, but purports to go even farther than that.

Aug 09 05:01

Israel's Ambassador Issues Explicit Call For 'Regime Change' In Iran

Israel's Ambassador to the US and UN Gilad Erdan said Friday that Israel would ultimately like to see regime change in Iran.

"In the end, we would ultimately like to see [the government] overthrown and [for there to be] regime change," Erdan told Israel’s Army Radio when asked about his government’s Iran policy.

It’s no secret Israel is hostile to the Iranian government, but Israeli officials have previously avoided such explicit calls for regime change. What Erdan said was interpreted by The Times of Israel as "one of the most far-reaching comments by an Israeli official in favor of regime change in Tehran."

Aug 08 06:20

The Media Yawns at the Israeli Army's Death Squads

Israeli terror is at it again. The Israel Defense Forces’ death squads chalked up another successful week: four bodies of innocent Palestinians piled up between the two Fridays. There doesn’t seem to be a connection between the four incidents in which four sons were killed, but the link cannot be broken.

In all these cases, soldiers chose shooting to kill as the preferred option. In all four cases another way could have been chosen: Arrest them, aim for the legs, don’t do anything or simply don’t be there at all. But the soldiers chose to kill. It’s probably easier for them that way.

They come from different branches of the army with different backgrounds, but they share the incredible ease with which they kill, whether they have to or not.

Aug 08 06:19

‘Like doping or bribery’: Judges must’ve picked Israeli gymnast as winner BEFORE final, legendary Russian coach tells RT

Israel's gymnast taking gold at the Tokyo Olympics despite dropping her ribbon during her routine was a "blatant mistake" of the judges, who may have schemed "to replace Russian athletes on the top," Irina Viner-Usmanova told RT.

The strong accusations from the legendary Russian rhythmic gymnastics coach, whose star pupils have claimed a long list of Olympic titles over the years, come in the wake of Saturday's scandal at the Tokyo Olympics. Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram took gold, despite having dropped the ribbon during her routine – an obvious mistake that still saw Russia's Dina Averina placed overall second, regardless of her seemingly perfect performance.

Aug 07 06:17

Israeli Ambassador Says Israel Wants to See ‘Regime Change’ in Iran

Israel’s Ambassador to the US and UN Gilad Erdan said Friday that Israel would ultimately like to see regime change in Iran.

“In the end, we would ultimately like to see [the government] overthrown and [for there to be] regime change,” Erdan told Israel’s Army Radio when asked about his government’s Iran policy.

It’s no secret Israel is hostile to the Iranian government, but Israeli officials have previously avoided such explicit calls for regime change. What Erdan said was interpreted by The Times of Israel as “one of the most far-reaching comments by an Israeli official in favor of regime change in Tehran.”

Erdan said he was working to rally the world against Iran. “We would like to see actions that are much more determined from the international community against Iran,’ he said. “We hope the international community will draw this conclusion as soon as possible because we need to put an end to this murderousness.”

Aug 07 05:52

In Gaza, Childhoods Lost to the Trauma of War

“I want to make them feel safe because I have never felt safe.”

Like many kids, Maram Faraj grew up wanting to be a superhero. She loved their brightly colored costumes, their grandiose capes and the way they always managed to swoop in at just the right time. Her dream didn’t fade when she shelved the bedtime stories – it just had an outfit change.

Now, at 23, Maram still envisions herself flying over her hometown and protecting civilians from harm. Trading the unitard for a tailored blazer and the superhuman flying powers for a jet plane, Maram has set her sights on becoming a flight attendant. After a particularly warm encounter with a flight attendant on a plane ride to visit family in Saudi Arabia, Maram realized the innate power the job holds: making others feel safe and protected.

Maram is a Palestinian woman living in Gaza: a 140-square mile strip of land densely populated by upwards of 2 million people. For her, safety has never been a given.

Aug 07 05:52

Video footage contradicts Israeli army account of firing on Palestinian family’s car, killing 11-year-old boy

New video footage of the moment that Israeli soldiers opened fire on a Palestinian family’s car, killing their 11-year-old son, shows soldiers firing on the car as it was reversing, contradicting the army’s previous accounts of the events.

Last week Israeli forces shot and killed 11-year-old Mohammed al-Alami while he was in his father’s car with his two younger siblings, as the family were on their way home from grocery shopping in their town of Beit Ummar in the southern occupied West Bank.

At the time Israeli forces claimed that they attempted to stop the vehicle by firing warning shots in the air, and firing at the vehicle’s tires. The accounts of Mohammed’s father, and several eyewitnesses at the time contradicted the army’s statement, and said that the soldiers sprayed the car with bullets “out of nowhere,” and with no prior warning.

Aug 07 05:51

Israel Demolishes Al-Arakib Village for the 191st Time

Israeli forces, on Thursday, demolished the Bedouin village of Al-Arakib for the 191st time, Quds News Network reported.

The army destroyed the tents and makeshift tin shelters built by residents, rendering those families without shelter, in an attempt to force them to abandon their land.

Located in the Negev desert, in southern Israel, the village, unrecognized by the state, has been demolished eight times in 2021 alone, the residents continually rebuild their shelters on the same land.

The Bedouin residents, have lived on the land since the Ottoman period, decades prior to the creation of the state of Israel.

Aug 07 05:50

Pegasus: Tunisia's Ghannouchi targeted by Saudi Arabia

Rached Ghannouchi, the speaker of Tunisia's parliament and head of the Ennahda party, was targeted by Saudi Arabia for surveillance using the NSO Group's Pegasus spyware, Middle East Eye can reveal.

Ghannouchi is one of 50,000 numbers found on a list acquired by investigative NGO Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International that is believed to be made up of phones that the Israeli tech company’s clients have targeted since 2016.

Forbidden Stories told Ghannouchi his phone was on the list two weeks ago. It is his primary number, one of two he uses, and one he has used for 10 years. The number is not in the public domain.

Aug 06 14:18

A Tonkin Gulf Incident in the Gulf of Oman?

Lest we forget. It was in an August, 57 years ago, that the Tonkin Gulf incident occurred, which led America to plunge into an eight-year war in Vietnam. -- Whoever launched the drone strike sought to ensure that no new U.S.-Iran deal is consummated, that U.S. sanctions remain in place, and that a U.S. war with Iran remain a possibility. -- But, again, why would Tehran carry out such a drone attack and kill crewmen on an Israeli-owned vessel — then loudly deny it?

Aug 06 13:21

The Stage Is Being Set For A War Between Israel And Iran To Potentially Begin Before The End Of 2021

The clock has been ticking for a long time, and now Israel is telling us that Iran is “only around 10 weeks away from acquiring weapons-grade materials necessary for a nuclear weapon”.  The Israelis have always been very clear about the fact that they will never, ever allow the Iranians to get to that point, and so that would appear to leave only 10 weeks remaining to avert a major war in the Middle East.  And let us certainly hope that war can be averted, because a major war in the Middle East could easily spark a full-blown global war.  U.S. relations with both Russia and China continue to deteriorate very rapidly, and the Biden administration is being very aggressive with both of them.

Aug 06 06:03

More than 1,500 Rabbis Say ADL Not ‘Competent to Identify’ or ‘Combat’ Antisemitism

The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV) stated Tuesday more than 1,500 rabbis agree the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is “no longer competent to identify, let alone combat, antisemitism.”

The rabbis’ statement is in response to the ADL announcing a partnership with Hillel International to document antisemitism on college campuses. Hillel has a presence in more than 550 colleges globally.

The ADL and Hillel “will not always treat anti-Israel activity as antisemitism,” the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports.

An ADL spokesperson told the JTA, “Anti-Israel activism in and of itself is not antisemitism.” This means not all Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) actions on college campuses will be documented as antisemitism.

Aug 06 05:34

Israel Conducts Biggest Airstrikes On Lebanon Since 2006

A rare, major cross-border exchange of fire between Israel and militants in Lebanon has flared-up on Wednesday into Thursday after three rockets were initially launched from southern Lebanon, which Israeli officials say struck inside Israeli territory, causing brush fires with some reports saying up to four injuries.

The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) then hit back with artillery fire on the launch positions, followed by airstrikes, reportedly on Marjayoun district in the south. "Israel responded with several rounds of artillery fire on Wednesday before launching air strikes early on Thursday," the military announced. The IDF later indicated it blanketed the target zone with over 100 artillery strikes.

Aug 06 05:32

Hezbollah launches rocket fire in response to Israeli air raids

The Lebanese group, Hezbollah, has said it fired rockets at open ground near Israeli positions in response to Israeli air raids on southern Lebanon, drawing retaliatory Israeli strikes.

In a statement on Friday, Hezbollah said it had fired “dozens” of rockets in the disputed Shebaa Farms area after Israeli fighters early on Thursday launched rare air raids on neighbouring Lebanon following a second day of rocket fire across the border.

Aug 06 05:23

A Tonkin Gulf Incident in the Gulf of Oman?

A week ago, the MT Mercer Street, a Japanese-owned tanker managed by a U.K.-based company owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer, sailing in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Oman, was struck by drones.

A British security guard and Romanian crew member were killed.

Britain and the U.S. immediately blamed Iran, and the Israelis began to beat the war drums.

Monday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said action against Iran should be taken "right now."

Tuesday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned Israel could "act alone." "They can’t sit calmly in Tehran while igniting the entire Middle East – that’s over," said Bennett. "We are working to enlist the whole world, but when the time comes, we know how to act alone."

Wednesday, Gantz ratcheted it up, "Now is the time for deeds – words are not enough. … It is time for diplomatic, economic and even military deeds. Otherwise the attacks will continue."

Aug 06 05:12

Hezbollah fires rockets into Israel from Lebanon

A heavy barrage of close to 20 rockets was fired from Lebanon into northern Israel on Friday, activating the Iron Dome and setting off sirens throughout the area.

Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks.

Aug 05 10:54

Israeli defense minister threatens Iran with military action

Israel's defense minister warned Thursday that his country is prepared to strike Iran, issuing the threat against the Islamic Republic after a fatal drone strike on a oil tanker at sea that his nation blamed on Tehran.

The comments by Benny Gantz come as Israel lobbies countries for action at the United Nations over last week's attack on the oil tanker Mercer Street that killed two people. The tanker, struck off Oman in the Arabian Sea, is managed by a firm owned by an Israeli billionaire.

The U.S. and the United Kingdom also blamed Iran for the attack, but no country has offered evidence or intelligence to support the claim. Iran, which along with its regional militia allies has launched similar drone attacks, has denied being involved.

Speaking to the news website Ynet, Gantz responded to whether Israel was prepared to attack Iran with a blunt “yes.”

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Aug 05 09:57

Israel’s Gantz Calls for International Military Action Against Iran

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Wednesday urged representatives of UN Security Council members that the international community should take military action against Iran over last week’s drone attack on an Israeli-linked ship.

“Now is the time for deeds — words are not enough. It is time for diplomatic, economic, and even military deeds — otherwise the attacks will continue,” Gantz said during the meeting, which was held in Jerusalem.

Israeli officials have been threatening Iran all week over the deadly drone attack on the Japanese-owned tanker Mercer Street, which is operated by a company owned by an Israeli billionaire. Iran has dismissed the allegations that it was responsible as “baseless,” but the US has accepted the Israeli narrative and is also threatening action against the Islamic Republic.

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Israel wants war on Iran ... as long as someone else fights it!

Aug 05 09:56

Israeli DM Falsely Accuses Iran of Being 10 Weeks Away From Nuke Material Goal

Israeli accusations against Iran continue with the new government there, as Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz informed the UN Security Council that he believes it is time for UN action, including military action, against Iran.

Israel wanting a war against Iran is hardly new, and is virtually the defining characteristic of recent Israeli governments. The excuse is routine too, as Gantz is claiming Iran is “10 weeks away” from having enough weapons-grade material to make a nuclear weapon.

This is a commonly recycled accusation, and as is usually the case, Israel is wrong. The supposition is based around the idea that Iran’s civilian enrichment of uranium continues, and they have such-and-such amount, which further enriched to a certain level could be weaponized.

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Aug 05 09:55

‘We Are the Owners’: Palestinians Refuse To Concede Land Rights to Israelis in Sheikh Jarrah

Palestinian families facing ethnic cleansing from their Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday rejected a so-called “compromise” offer from Israel’s Supreme Court, which would allow them to remain in their homes if they recognize as rightful owners the Israeli settler group trying to steal the properties.

Under the Israeli high court proposal, four Palestinian families and dozens of others threatened with forced expulsion from the Sheikh Jarrah area would remain in the neighborhood as “protected tenants” who could not be evicted, as long as they acknowledged that Nahalat Shimon Company – a right-wing settler organization dating back to the early years of Zionist colonization of Palestine – as the lawful owner, and paid it NIS 1,500 ($465) in annual rent.

Aug 05 09:54

Fired for a Facebook post, doctor seeks justice

Wishah’s Facebook account is private, but she had made all her Palestine-related posts public in order to “make my voice heard,” she told The Electronic Intifada.

At the time of posting, Wishah was a physician with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, a position she had held for two years. During her time there, Wishah enjoyed a wide degree of community respect.

A family member of a patient at Phoenix Children’s who asked to remain anonymous said, “To see everything [Wishah] has done in life, everything she’s done for the community beyond her cause alone … that’s exactly what we need in a physician.”

Yet unlike many others who were able to post and then go on with their lives, Wishah found herself swiftly targeted by a Twitter account devoted to smearing and harassing outspoken Palestinians and their allies.

Aug 05 07:37

Mainstream media ignores how Israel continues sabotaging the Iran nuclear deal

Once again, the danger of conflict between Israel and Iran is rising. Once again, the mainstream U.S. media is either ignoring or distorting the news.

A drone attacked an Israeli-linked oil tanker in the Arabian Sea last week, and after a few days the U.S., Britain and Israel all accused Iran. The Washington Post report briefly noted that the drone strike is the latest in “tit-for-tat attacks” by both Israel and Iran, but stopped there. The Post nowhere mentioned that Israel is credibly charged with sponsoring attacks inside Iran, including assassinating Iranian scientists. At least the Post carried a report: the New York Times so far has ignored the latest escalation.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken promised a “collective response” to the allegedly Iranian drone attack, but the new Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett warned that Israel could act against Iran on its own.

Aug 05 07:15

Israel conducts airstrikes against southern Lebanon

The Israeli regime takes an area in southern Lebanon under airstrikes after launching heavy artillery attack aimed again at the country’s south in response to alleged rocket attack.

Palestinian media outlets reported the aerial assaults in the early hours of Thursday, describing the target as an area lying along Lebanon’s southern border with the occupied territories.

The Israeli military confirmed the attack, claiming that the targeted area had been used earlier as a launchpad for rocket strikes towards the occupied territories.

On Wednesday, explosions reportedly rang out across locations in southern Lebanon as a result of “extensive artillery attacks” launched by the occupying regime under the same pretext.

The Israeli Kan News channel said the attacks—that came after “three rockets” were reportedly fired from southern Lebanon towards the occupied territories—saw the regime releasing “more than 100 artillery rounds” towards the country.

Aug 05 07:05

Fired for a Facebook post, doctor seeks justice

As bombs rained down on the besieged Gaza Strip in May, countless individuals took to social media to express their outrage over the latest slew of atrocities perpetrated by the Israeli military, “the most moral army in the world.”

The cruelty of these strikes seemed to be surpassed only by the indiscriminate nature of infrastructure targeted: residential buildings, the only COVID-19 testing center, an Associated Press office.

Online outrage at what was happening was widespread. But in some cases, that outrage had material repercussions.

On 26 May, Dr. Fidaa Wishah, an accomplished Palestinian-American pediatrician from Gaza, now living in Phoenix, Arizona, took to her personal Facebook page to express her outrage at the injustice playing out in real time.

Aug 05 07:04

West Bank: Israel demolishes eight business premises owned by one Palestinian family

Israeli authorities demolished several Palestinian commercial and agricultural facilities on Wednesday in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

In Hizma, a Palestinian town in East Jerusalem, Israel razed buildings in eight locations belonging to the al-Khatib family, according to Wafa, an official news agency of the Palestinian Authority.

Hizma, a small town on the way to Jericho and the Jordan valley, is located between an Israeli military checkpoint, the separation wall, and the four illegal Israeli settlements of Neve Yaakov, Pisgat Zeev, Anatot, and Geva Binyamin.

Aug 05 07:03

Israel Refuses To Allow Lawyers To Visit Hunger-Striking Detainees

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, Wednesday, that the Israeli authorities are still refusing to allow its lawyers to visit with seventeen hunger-striking political prisoners.

The Committee stated that sixteen of the detainees are holding hunger strikes protesting their continued arbitrary Administrative Detention, without charges or trial.

It added that another detainee is ongoing with the hunger strike protesting his continued solitary confinement.

The Committee also said that the Israeli Prison Administration is carrying out a series of punitive measures against the striking detainees, including their repeated transfers between various prisons, to keep them unable to rest, in addition to forcing them in solitary confinement.

Most of the hunger-striking detainees are already facing serious health complications but are determined to continue the hunger strike.

Aug 05 07:03

Palestinian nutrition student transferred to Israeli military court over campus activism

A Palestinian human rights group urged Israel to stop its repression at universities in the occupied West Bank, as a nutrition student appeared in front of a military court due to her campus activism.

Students at Birzeit University, near Ramallah, have been subject to Israeli army raids, torture, interrogation, and arbitrary detention as part of a systematic and prolonged campaign to silence student activism, a statement released on Tuesday by the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association read.

The statement came on the same day that Israel's military prosecutor submitted charges against Layan Nasir, a 21-year-old Palestinian student at Birzeit University who was detained and interrogated for nearly a month.

Aug 05 07:01

Israeli DM Falsely Accuses Iran of Being 10 Weeks Away From Nuke Material Goal

Israeli accusations against Iran continue with the new government there, as Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz informed the UN Security Council that he believes it is time for UN action, including military action, against Iran.

Israel wanting a war against Iran is hardly new, and is virtually the defining characteristic of recent Israeli governments. The excuse is routine too, as Gantz is claiming Iran is “10 weeks away” from having enough weapons-grade material to make a nuclear weapon.

This is a commonly recycled accusation, and as is usually the case, Israel is wrong. The supposition is based around the idea that Iran’s civilian enrichment of uranium continues, and they have such-and-such amount, which further enriched to a certain level could be weaponized.

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Aug 05 06:58

Israeli jets carry out strikes in Lebanon in response to rockets launched from area held by Iranian-backed fighters

Israeli jets have bombed two sites inside Lebanon which the military said were used to launch rockets at its territory.

The IDF struck the sites overnight Wednesday after three rockets were fired earlier in the day, two which landed in Israel and one which fell short in Lebanon.

Israel had also fired artillery earlier on Wednesday, marking a sharp increase in border fighting amid rising tensions with Iran - whose proxy groups control Lebanon.

Aug 05 06:25

Israel 'Ready to Attack Iran' as Defense Minister Says 'We Need to Take Military Action'

Israel's defense minister Benny Gantz has said that his country is ready to attack Iran and that there must be a global response to the threat that the Islamic republic poses.

Benny Gantz at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem on August 1, 2021. On August 5 2021, he said that Israel was at the point where it needed to act militarily against Iran.© ABIR SULTAN/Getty Israel's Defence Minister Benny Gantz at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem on August 1, 2021. On August 5 2021, he said that Israel was at the point where it needed to act militarily against Iran.

His comments come amid growing tensions following a deadly drone strike on an Israeli-operated tanker off the coast of Oman.

Israel, along with the U.S. and the U.K. have blamed Tehran for the attack on the Mercer Street last week that killed two people. Iran has denied involvement.

"Israel is ready to attack Iran, yes," Gantz told Ynet on Thursday.

Aug 05 06:23

What Message do Repeatedly Downed Israeli Missiles in Syria Send to Tel-Aviv and Washington?

Three consequent announcements made on 20, 22, and 25 July by the Russian Ministry of Defence about the successful interception of Israeli missiles in Syrian air space have prompted a heated debate among Mideast and Western observers. Why have the briefings of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation produced so much fuss?

On 29 July, The Times of Israel commented on the downing of Israeli missiles in Syria, suggesting that "Russia might be testing" Naftali Bennett's new Israeli government which came to power on 13 June, and adding that there's "no reason for panic."

However, Israel Hayom warned that Moscow may very soon "clip Israel's wings" in the Arab Republic. The media outlet pinned the blame for the supposed shift on the new Bennett government, arguing that it "is seen as weak, inexperienced, and lacking in intellectual depth" in contrast to the preceding administration of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Aug 05 06:19

Israel’s overnight airstrikes highlight ‘aggressive intentions,’ says Lebanese president

Lebanon’s president has hit out at Israel and its “aggressive intentions” after the Israel Defense Forces launched overnight airstrikes on Lebanese villages in response to militant activity on Wednesday.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, Lebanese President Michel Aoun blasted Israel’s use of force in attacking targets in Lebanon on Wednesday night. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) airstrikes on Lebanese villages underline “escalating aggressive intentions that coincide with the continuous threats against Lebanon and its sovereignty,” he stated.

Aoun contended that the assault was a “flagrant and dangerous” violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 and claimed the move was “a direct threat to security and stability” in the country’s south.

Aug 04 11:33

Ilhan Omar votes for bill to continue unconditional US aid to Israel

The vote to approve the annual US Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Funding Bill, which amongst other things green-lights Washington's yearly $3.3 billion unconditional aid to Israel, threw a major surprise this year.

Democrat representatives Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Presley, Lee Bowman and Pramila Jayapal split with fellow Democrats, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cori Bush in securing a narrow victory for the ruling party. All are members of a progressive group of lawmakers known as "The Squad", famed for their highly critical stance on Israel. They have previously called to end the many decades of America's unconditional aid to the occupation state.

Aug 04 11:20

Bennett Warns Israel Can ‘Act Alone’ Against Iran Over Ship Attack

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned that Israel could “act alone” against Iran in response to the recent drone attack on a ship linked to an Israeli billionaire. Iran strongly rejects the claim that it was behind the attack, while the US and UK have joined Israel in blaming the Islamic Republic.

“They can’t sit calmly in Tehran while igniting the entire Middle East — that’s over,” Bennet said. “We are working to enlist the whole world, but when the time comes, we know how to act alone.”

On Monday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz made similar comments and said action should be taken against Iran “right now.” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also threatened Iran this week, warning that Washington is working with partners on an “appropriate response, which will be forthcoming.”

Aug 04 09:53

Israel Says Military Action May Be Needed to Stop Iran Attacks

Military action may be needed to stop further attacks by Iran, Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz said, days after a deadly drone strike on an Israeli-managed tanker off the coast of Oman.

“Now is the time for deeds -- words are not enough,” Gantz said on Wednesday. “It is time for diplomatic, economic and even military deeds. Otherwise the attacks will continue.”

Iran denies involvement in the assault.

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Aug 04 09:51

Israel Warns America: Don’t ‘Scapegoat’ The Unvaccinated For Rise In New COVID Cases

A recent article in the Jerusalem Post outlined the “lessons” that the Israelis have allegedly learned from the “pandemic” which they want to share with Americans — the most important being that the majority of new COVID cases in Israel are occurring in people who are fully vaccinated — and the unvaccinated are not to blame:

Israel has been one of the world leaders in vaccination efforts, a success that should show the way forward for many countries being assured that vaccines may help them return to “normal” during the pandemic. This is particularly true in the US, where the CDC has warned of a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” and experts are quoted saying that the “unvaccinated are the greatest threat to pandemic recovery.”

Aug 04 08:33

Tehran Scores Points against the Mossad

Confronting intelligence and special operations have never been a one-way game. Sooner or later, the opponents begin to play on an equal footing because no one likes a “weakling” anywhere, especially in the Middle East.

It should be noted that, according to many experts, three intelligence agencies that may have been involved in several events in Iran have been particularly active in the region in the recent period. These are the Israeli Mossad and the Saudi General Intelligence Presidency (GIP). Their main partner in everything to do with containing and weakening Iran is undoubtedly the American CIA. By the current stage, the cumulative “subversive potential” of these intelligence services in the Iranian direction has reached an all-time high. US, Israeli, and Saudi intelligence agencies are at the forefront of the tasks their political leaders have set for them. First of all, it is a public propaganda demonstration of Iran’s weaknesses, its insecurity against terrorist threats.

Aug 04 07:06

Bennett White House visit likely postponed to September

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s first meeting with US President Joe Biden in Washington is unlikely to take place this month as planned, a source close to the prime minister said on Tuesday.

Though Bennett had aimed to visit the White House before German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s trip to Israel on August 28-30, Jerusalem and Washington are now working to find a date after that.

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with incoming Israeli National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata in Washington on Monday. Bennett’s diplomatic adviser Shimrit Meir was in Washington as well.

Aug 04 06:44

Israel is losing the ice cream war, but it’s in too deep to get out

In fairy tales, as everyone knows, spells often are broken by unlikely characters who scarcely know what they are doing. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, with their friendly, soft-hearted former company, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, are unlikely game-changers in Israel-Palestine. They don’t seem to know a lot about the situation and they don’t really want to fight about it. Yet it’s looking like B&J’s action to end sales of its ice cream in Jewish-only settlements on the West Bank has set in motion a powerful counter to the amazing cloak of impunity that protects Israel’s persecution of the Palestinians.

Aug 04 06:37

In Between Taliban and COVID

Does it take a genius to gather that the colossal failure of the USA’s war in Afghanistan is identical to the disastrous ‘war against COVID’? It’s certainly clear that it is pretty much the same people who devised the fatal strategies that led to a grandiose defeat in these two unnecessary conflicts. We deal with people who adhere to the concept of war of destruction. These are people who do not seek peace, harmony or reconciliation neither with nature nor with other segments of humanity.

Our pandemic ‘strategists’ believed that it was within their powers to wipe SARS CoV 2 from the face of the earth. They were similarly convinced that the Taliban could be eradicated. They were, obviously, catastrophically wrong.

Aug 04 05:59

Israel Revives COVID Restrictions As Cases Soar, Warns Of Possible Lockdown In September

Despite being the most heavily vaccinated country in the world, Israel has just imposed new restrictions on its population, and the body responsible for generating its COVID policies just admitted that a lockdown in September is no longer a remote possibility.

Israel's coronavirus cabinet announced Tuesday night that starting Aug. 20, the country will revive its full green pass system. Starting Sunday, masks will be mandatory in all indoor and outdoor gatherings and even fully vaccinated parents responsible for caring for a child in quarantine will be demanded to isolate as well (for children 12 and under).

Aug 04 05:51

ISRAEL’S DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH STUNS TV VIEWERS WITH STATEMENT THAT 50 PERCENT OF NEW COVID CASES ARE AMONG FULLY VACCINATED

As of its most recent July 27 update on COVID vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States carries this statement:

“Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant.”

That statement stands in stark contrast to what the Director of Public Health Services in Israel told television viewers of the CBS program, Face the Nation, on Sunday, reporting that 50 percent of new infections in Israel are from fully vaccinated people.

Aug 04 05:49

Israeli Soldiers killing 11- year old Muhammad Abu Sarah al Alami, 28 July 2021

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